Clutter: Is there a cluttered spot in your home? Go through some of that clutter today and write about what you find or the process of organizing. On the TV: Flip to a random TV channel and write about the first thing that comes on — even if it is an infomercial! Movie Conversation: Use a memorable conversation from a favorite movie to inspire your writing. Idiom: Choose from a list of idioms one that speaks to you and create a poem around that saying or phrase. Ie: It is raining cats and dogs.
Playground: Whether it is the swings or the sandbox or the sliding boards, write about your memories of being on a playground. Rock Star: Imagine you are a famous rock star. Write about the experience. Come to Life: Imagine ordinary objects have come to life.
Write about what they do and say. Airplane: Write about meeting someone on an airplane and a conversation you might have. Write a poem, short story, or journal entry inspired by a product label. Instrumental Inspiration: Listen to some instrumental music and write a poem that matches the mood, beat, and style of the music.
Personality Type : Do you know your personality type? There are many free quizzes online — write about what type of personality traits you have. Decade: Choose a favorite decade and write about it. Say it: Write a poem or story that uses dialogue between two people. The Unsent Letter: Write about a letter that never made it to its recipient. Records : Go through your file box and pull out old receipts or records…write something inspired by what you find!
Serendipity: Write about something that happened by chance in a positive way. Word of the Day: Go to a dictionary website that has a word of the day and use it in a poem, story or journal entry you write. Forgiveness: Write about a time when someone forgave you or you forgave someone. Underground: Imagine living in a home underground and use that as inspiration for writing.
Classic Rock: Pick a classic rock love ballad and rewrite it into a story or poem with a similar theme. Motivational Poster: Look at some motivational posters online and write a poem or journal entry inspired by your favorite one. Games: Write about the games people play — figuratively or literally. Turning Point: Write about a point in life where things turned for the better or worse.
Review: Review your week, month, or year in a journal entry or poem format. Detective: Write about a detective searching for clues or solving a mystery. Camera: Take your camera for a walk and write based on one of the photographs you take. Congratulations : Did you write a poem, short story, or journal entry every day for a whole year? If you love this list and want an easy to print and customize version of this list of writing prompts, please be sure to check out the printable ad-free version which includes print-ready files to print a list, prompt cards AND all the design files you could possibly need to customize to your own liking!
We hope you enjoy these creative writing prompts! I have been on a reading binge since being on vacation from school. I stumbled across this while looking up unit supplements for my kiddos, and thought, hey, write a page a day and see what happens! Thank you for this collection of prompts! Thank you again! This is such a helpful tool! Definitely a recomended sight!
I am new at the blogging game. You have provided some wonderful ideas for blog posts. Great ideas just to get used to writing every day. This list is really impressive and useful for those of us who are looking for good topics to blog about. Very nice list. Thanks for compiling and posting it. Wow, thanks so much for all these wonderful prompts! They are lots of fun and very helpful. I use this for my homeschooling-I love it! Thank you so much!! This is a wonderful list. So creative!
The Parent Trap, right? Never seen the whole movie, but it seems funny. Thank you for consideration. What I like most about these is how you can combine them and get really weird ideas. For example, empathy from the rooftops: what if you shouted something positive in public every day — or if everyone did so?
It might be fun to try, and then write a diary about it. Could it change our language or customs? It would be cool if we could have goggles that showed places during a certain time period. Like Seattle And you could buy special plugins, like specific people you want to hang out with, famous or non. It is amazing what creative writing could do to you. Daily prompts have proven to be very inspiring and overtime writers develop their own style of writing depending on how passionate they are about it.
I would love to write about all 3, online, space, and time travel. I belong to a writing club. We seem to have a lot of prompts to use. I love stories having to do with rain. Would you join me. I am jim. I really love the list of writing ideas you have compiled here.
I will be using it and others to get myself back into writing every single day if I can be away with it. Also, I have noticed a few problems with this list. One is a repeat topic. Those are numbers 76 and And you skipped a number. And have only days of writing. Still through! All these ideas are absolutely amazing and awesome ideas! I commend you for putting it all together in an easy to read format too.
Thank you so very much. Wonderful compilation of ideas! I will send your blog along to my many Creative Writing students. Now i sit in the prison cell, Waiting for my call My friend across the room smiling, my eyes begin to swell, My neck snapping on the, from my sides my hands fall. Thank you very much! You are such a life developer, who can virtually transform a life busy with unnecessary activities humans are posted to through internet.
Thanks to the proponent of this great idea. Damn this shit is disappointing. Hi John, the weather might seem boring, but there are a lot of ways you can springboard from that — maybe you write a story about a character who despises the sunshine or melts if they get rained on or they live in a underground tunnel and the house gets flooded…You can also use it as an exercise in developing more descriptive writing that shows, not tells for the scenes in your story.
It was a perfectly reasonable sort of darkness. The kind of darkness you might get if you wake up an hour before sunrise. But it was late in the morning. He had to make sure of that. He checked his alarm clock, his microwave oven clock, and his cell phone.
And as he looked outside again, he saw that people were out, going about their business, as if none of this really mattered at all. It depends on how you view it. That one topic for instance has given me a beautiful story telling. I am currently about to round up with it and trust me the feedback has been amazing. Maybe you need to work on improving the quality of your writing. Your use of expletives is totally uncalled for.
In fact, this is a great topic and can lead to awesome discussions. So… why not both? Tell their stories, their private dreams. Or hidden shame…. Thanks so much! My therapist wants me to write more and these prompts are perfect! This is fun i will keep doing this no matter what every year. Thanks for making this, it is very fun. Imagine that the scientists could replace the human brains with computers or invent the computers with human feelings.
What do you think would happen? Would the world become a better place to live in??? I like that they are more than just one word and give me something to think about before I start creating each day as a warm up to what is ahead. I would like to include a link to your page in a near future blog post about my creative journal. Hi Maxx, of course you may share with your grandmother — the only thing we would worry about is if you were to publish them for monetary gain.
Thank u so much this was so helpful. Idk how u came up with all thoughts prompts. It was very helpful. Thank u again. For the first time in a long time it finally felt like I knew was going to happen next. I was gazing into her eyes and she was gazing back. I remember it like it was just yesterday, when she was still the one for me but never forgave me.
I miss the sweet sound of her laughter and now all i hear are friends. I have tried to go back and apologize to her just to see if the answer will change but even I know that it will never change because I will never be enough for her. But if she ever decides that she wants me back she can have me because a life without love is one not worth living.
Thanks for this!!!!! I wrote this, tell me what you think; prompt 4-dancing You see her tapping her toes, always listening to music. Many only see a pretty face yet those close enough to the fire know the passion burning deep inside of her.
Tapping her toes at the table only stops when her parents beg her to rest. Even in her dreams she on stage, dancing like a swan. Tapping her toes to the beat of her music gives her a bit of pip in her pep when she walks down the halls. Would that be OK? Hi Camilla, this list cannot be republished, even if translated into another language.
However, if you would like to link to our website that would be great, your readers are able to translate it into any language if they use a web browser such as Google Chrome. You are welcome! We never publish email addresses. Hope that helps! I love all of these so much and i try to write referring to these at least once everyday thank you so much for these!
Trust, It is a beautiful thing. You give it to others, For them to protect. They can keep it forever, Or they can destroy it. Wow what a treasure! Am glad I have found the right place to begging my writing journey. Thanks guys. Today is the last day of the year Thank you for the inspiring prompts! These prompts are excellent. I write two page short stories on one every day. Thank you so much for sharing. Yes, we did have a small glitch in our hosting services for a few days!
Fortunately, it was only temporary and unexpected! Oh my god.. This is something a different, thought provoking and a yardstick to those who cultivated passion on writing, like me, beginners. Wishes for this website. I really wanted to try this days of writing. Thanks in tons. That is great to hear Christopher! Would love to see some of your work when you are ready to share!
That is the beauty of the open-ended writing prompts — you can always interpret them in a way to push and challenge you as a writer! Thank you for these prompts! I enjoyed looking through them and writing them! They gave me great ideas and inspired me so much. This is my favorite website to find inspiration to write. I had run out of ideas and i had a huge writers block but this made it all go away. What kinds of things do you like to write? We have a whole collection of additional writing prompts lists here.
I love these prompts! If not, I can take it down, or I would love to discuss a way I could continue to do this. I hope more people can see and use these prompts because I have already found joy in using the first one. Hi Elizabeth! Glad you are enjoying the prompts! You can definitely post what you write with these prompts as long as you do not copy the entire list or claim them as your own. Linking back to our website or this post will help others find the prompts so they too can use them for writing!
If you have any questions feel free to contact us anytime using our contact form. Not on a website for writers, of all places! I appreciate your comment, especially because after triple checking the article AND having a few grammar-police personality type friends do the same we could not find any typos. However, one thing we did remember is that it is very easy for the person reading to accidentally misunderstand and not interpret it the way as the writer intended.
This is a shortened way of writing it is. We use its without an apostrophe when we use it as a possessive noun. Any instances you may note here are correct for their intended meaning. Prompt 7 The Rocket Ship : In this case we intend it to be interpreted as the possessive form.
It is so rich in bright and thought-provoking ideas. Thank you so much. Get inspired to have more, please. Thanks for this. I love to write things like this. Great job! Sometimes the prompts that seem boring are the best ones to help you practice your skills as a writer to make them interesting topics. Some of the best writers can make the most mundane topics fun! Thank you so much!
I plan to use some of these for some creative writing on CourageousChristianFather. I always love seeing what everyone writes with these prompts — I really enjoyed your post about the cookie ad jingle! Thanks so much for this list. I needed something to kickstart my writing. I just wrote 1.
Perusing this list has helped me come up with a couple dozen ideas to consider for future issues! Thanks much for putting this together — it is being used beyond the scope of what you intended, I think! There are so many ways to apply these prompts to any sort of project — thank you for sharing how you are using them!
Valuable article. We are incomparable to other Nursing school writing competitors in the writing market. You get what you pay for and on time. Try us today and enjoy an experience like never before. But, does one edit and polish the piece after that? I keep reading about writing every day…like brain dumping. But, there is never a mention of what one does with the piece after that?? This is really a wonderful article.
I just loved it. It helped me a lot in gaining a lot of information. This article provides creative writing prompts. I will recommend my friends to go through your article. Thanks a lot. This article has been written with sheer intelligence. Such creative writing prompts has been written here. This article is worth marking as Good. I like how you have researched and presented these exact points so clearly. Thank you for this list!
I have even created a blog to post my ideas, and keep myself accountable. I hope this is okay, I will credit, and provide a link back to this page on each post. I never knew how much I had to write about. This should definitely keep me busy! Thank you so much for the list. I saw a note saying this had been updated for I was curious if there are plans to update it for If so, when would the updated list become available?
Loved this a lot! I would like to ask permission for using these prompts for my poetry and stories page on Instagram. Kindly let me know if I can use these and let my followers write on them too. Have a great and productive writing day. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Randomly point to a place on a map or globe. Do you want to go there? Why or why not? How did you get there? Imagine your story! Thank you! I agree. Very helpful. Thanks Reply. That somes in handy Reply. Lol, LOL. This is great though all the same.. There are actually days in a leap year so… yeah Reply. MiMschi is wrong is there i looked Reply. I think they meant that as a joke, is called left out… Reply. Good it is useful Reply.
Greg Cameron, Poem, Surrey, B. Love these. This is really amazingly deep. I love it so much. You have so much talent!! A Recipe for disaster- write a recipe for a disastrous camping trip… Reply. So your head is clearly???????????? That one about online time travel is crazy brilliant!!! And highly thought-provoking. I am jim Reply. Inspiration right here. Love the inspiration Reply. What about a leap year? I love writing and these prompts are very helpful.
I think we have the list all fixed now, but thanks for catching a couple of early mistakes! This is so cool! Write a piece using the stream-of-consciousness technique. Dear Diary. Write a diary entry or a letter from your character's point of view. Earth Day. Write a scene set in a universe in which the inhabitants take good care of their planet.
In Living Color. Write a scene that makes mention of a color. Prompt, Newburyport. Create a scene or short story that is told entirely in one sentence. View From Space. Take a scene from any story you've written already. Re-write it so that it takes place somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.
Small Delights. Write a scene or short essay that celebrates a small, simple pleasure. Invent a Word. Some of the words we use today were coined by famous authors. Which word will you introduce into the lexicon? The Premonition. Write a scene or story that includes a destiny predicted for the future. Imposter Syndrome. Is this character the person who they say they are?
Finish the Sentence. Pick any of the prompts in this article. Finish the sentence, and begin your story! A Different Match. Start a retelling of a classic tale in which the romantic pairings of characters are altered. Mega Replay. Take a story you've written or your favorite classic story. Now tell a different version of that story, changing the genre or the main character's occupation.
Strange Phenomenon. Describe a normal, everyday object or activity from the perspective of a character who perceives it as a strange phenomenon they are struggling to understand. Write Like Studio Ghibli. Write a scene or story based on one of these premises inspired by Studio Ghibli. Join The Club. Write a scene or story that involves a character being in some sort of club. Story to Structure. Tell a story in a unique form. Powerful Prowess. Write a scene or story that includes a character with a superpower.
Clothing Your Character. Create a new character, beginning with the clothing they wear. Look in your closet, costume box, or search online vintage retailers such as Etsy for inspiration. Write a scene or story starring this character. Opposites Attract. Write a scene in which two characters play opposites to each other. Story Title Generator. And The Culprit Is Your character sets out to find who the culprit of a misdeed is and the guilty person is History Repeated.
Write a scene or story in which a character looks at a historical document. What's in the Cauldron? Write a piece inspired by a potion. How to Haunt a House. Write a scene that takes place inside a haunted house. Banshee Screams. Write a scene in which a banshee arrives to wail.
Full Moon. A full moon looms in the air. What effect does it have on the Earth below? A New Kind of Chip. Think out-of-the-box and imagine a new chip flavor. How might the head of marketing at the chip company plan to promote the new chip? Fortune Cookies. I just ate three fortune cookies, which gave me the following fortunes.
Interpret them how you will: "Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself. Just Keep Rolling. Write a scene or story that takes place at a roller skating rink. The Map Quest. Write a scene or story that includes a character looking at a map.
Ripped from the Headlines. Write a scene or story inspired by one of these recent bizarre stories in the news:. Top 10 List. Write a top 10 list in the voice of a character. Is your character a tween writing in their diary? A person making a bucket list? How about someone listing their greatest fears? What does the list they make say about the character? A Proposal. Write a scene or story that includes a proposal. What is the proposal for? Is it accepted or rejected? How does the proposer present their question?
Word Association Exercise: Holiday. Step 1: Brainstorm a list of images or ideas that you associate with the word holiday. What comes to mind when you hear the word—a vacation, special tradition, or Billie Holiday? Step 2: Write a scene or story inspired by your associations. Write a scene or story that incorporates one of the following elements: 1. A plate of nachos that talks; 2. A bowl of ravioli that grants wishes; or 3. A pie that can tell the future with its filling.
The Transformation. Happy new year! Say What? Write a scene or story that includes a character who is a talking animal. A Lie. Write a scene or story that involves a lie. How far does the lie go? What will characters do to hide—or reveal—the truth? Planting the Seed. Did you ever hear the myth that if you swallowed a watermelon seed, a watermelon would grow in your stomach? If Jack had swallowed the magic beans instead of planting them, could he have gained magical powers?
Write a scene or story in which a character swallows a seed. Write a scene or story that includes a character who has a phobia. What do they fear? How does this phobia affect their life? Fragrance Notes. Look at the description of the scent of a bottle of perfume or cologne.
What notes does the maker list? Include each of these words in a scene or story. For example, if a fragrance is described as smelling like black truffle, orchid, and plum, your story might include a black cat, a garden, and plums for breakfast.
In the Listings. Find a listing for a home for sale anywhere that piques your curiosity. Take a look at the photos. What type of story do you envision taking place inside this home? Do you see a murder mystery taking place in a Victorian mansion?
A rom-com in the high-rise urban condo? A fairy tale in a country cottage? Characters in a Crunch. Write a scene or story that includes a character eating cereal. What does a character's favorite cereal say about their personality? Do they carefully pick the marshmallows out of their Lucky Charms, or do they eat Aldi bagged cereal by the handful straight out of the container? Or, perhaps your character prefers a healthy oatmeal with no added sugar.
Color Me Happy. Don't paint colors have the best names? Explore paint colors on a hardware store website. Pick a color or color name that intrigues you, and use it to inspire a scene or story. Hidden Images. Write a scene or story in which a character sees or misses a hidden image. What does this hidden image reveal—is it the clue they've been searching for? Acronym Mania. Create a new acronym by picking four random letters of the alphabet. Write a scene or story that includes this acronym—and the full phrase represented by the letters.
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Write about a group of truckers who all frequent the same truck stops and form a book club for when they see each other again. Write about a seasoned model who shows up to her agency one day with inexplicable cuts all over her legs.
Write about two strangers who each grab one end of extremely rare record at the same time in a secondhand vinyl shop. Write about a group of whalers who accidentally discover mermaids the size of blue whales. We choose are destiny. Maybe you guys should be nice. Please remember we all want to change the world. I think that it was the point tp be random ideas. I personally think that these were amazing ideas and I think you might need to try to be a bit more creative. So if you start getting your creativity flowing it will help you with your personal work.
Thank you so much for these! I usually see such generic prompts on other sites, but these were very original and inspiring! You subconscious is working on your story, so when you sit down, it is so much easier to continue writing. Works for me! Someone that has used one of these prompts should be super nice and let me read what they came up with. I am 12 years old and I am confused on where my life is going… either a vet actor, or a book writer. I need advice from some adults.
I think that you could be a vet or actor as well as an author. The world needs writers, so get out there and spread some joy! I am using it for a random report I wanted to write about something. Some people had no time to improve because they were too busy with some other job but NOW.. We could spend our whole day on something we like and trust me it will benefit each and every one of you!!! There is always something to do!!!
Anyway thank you for them! These were helpful! And by the way…One of your probmpts scared me, I often dream about people sometimes and then meet them later. Spider girl — why not all of them? You have a long life ahead of you and to only focus one career your entire life is dreary for some people such as myself.
I have been a firefighter, preschool teacher, sales person, and am currently a writer and a music teacher. These have really have been a good use for me. I know some of them may not appeal to all of you specifically, but it does give more confidence in your writing and your stories just by looking at some. For instance, if you were to look at one of the Magical Realism writing ideas, it could open a whole door to new writing possibilities. You can take one of the ideas and turn it into your own.
You may not all agree that these ideas can help you, but it can definitely give you the confidence that you may lack when writing stories or maybe just inspire you. These ideas are helpful. Thank you! I would be so grateful.
Just for a little info, I am 13 and in 8th grade and just felt the need to start writing. Anyway, whoever sees this I hope you have a wonderful afternoon or morning Be safe throughout this week okay. I can relate to so many of these prompts but never really thought of them…. Thank you for this. These have been very helpful. Thank you so much for sharing these. The last one was hilarious and made me realize in many cases I was blocking myself, lol. It was great! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Write from the perspective of an advanced AI. Take a Plot and Write It Multiple Ways Take a well-defined prompt and write it multiple times, each with a different ending. TIP: Since most people scan Web pages, include your best thoughts in your first paragraph. Do you have some pictures or graphics to add? Click the button and find the first one on your computer. Select it and click on the button to choose it. Then click on the link if you want to upload up to 3 more images.
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Creative writing is writing from the heart. What happened then? I got self-conscious about how creative writing was supposed to be. It was all downhill from there. The stories had lost their uniqueness. Or perhaps, I was dragged down by the constant rush of my normal academic life.
Either way, my stories had lost their flavor. What was I missing? I was writing to impress or to improve my style or to get an A. But I should have been writing to let my soul breathe a little bit. Creative writing is an expression of who you are. If you are closed off from yourself, if you hide the person that you are for fifteen to twenty four hours per day, and if you have locked yourself in to a dream that is no longer yours, you will be hard pressed to write creatively.
My philosophy about creative writing is that in order to truly do it justice, you must become a more open person who is really able to get in touch with the raw parts of yourself. You need to remove from your life all of the things that are clogging you up emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
It is only then that you can express what you are meant to. If you are oppressed, you need to write about your tyrant. If you are in pain, you need to put your pain on the page. If you are in love with all of your heart and soul, then put all of that into a poem that can be used for all of eternity. Or at least, put most of it in there. Save a little for yourself :. Build Creative Writing Ideas dot Com is a site devoted to opening you up to the writing that you can truly accomplish.
We believe that if you can lead a better life, you can write a better book. So, what is creative writing? Creative writing is in you. Are you going to let it out? Done with "What Is Creative Writing? Use the above prompts or article as inspiration to write a story or other short piece. Enter Your Title. Close Help. Entering your story is easy to do. Just type! Your story will appear on a Web page exactly the way you enter it here. You can wrap a word in square brackets to make it appear bold.
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